Shaping Housing Solutions for Millennials & Seniors

APA Connecticut Chapter


Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 8 p.m. CDT

Norwich, CT, United States

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This program will bring two nationally-known experts to eastern CT to will help attendees evaluate the adequacy of local housing development policies and regulations. The first speaker, Jennifer Molinsky from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, will present data on the characteristics of existing households, which already include a large share of individuals living alone. She will also speak to expected future housing needs that will include more small households who need or prefer to be in areas well-served by services and close to community amenities like entertainment, shopping, and public transportation. The second keynote speaker, Karen Parolek, is an architect who specializes in small, multi-family housing projects that are designed to fit in lower-density suburban communities. Karen’s talk will focus not just on design but also about the process for evaluating community housing goals and adjusting regulations to allow more types of development. A discussion panel consisting of a local developer, attorney, and land use commissioner will evaluate how this information pertains to local municipalities and will discuss potential solutions, as well as roadblocks to implementation. Attendees will have multiple opportunities to ask questions of the speakers throughout the program.

 Learning Objectives:

1)      Attendees will understand demographic projections which show declining household sizes and an increase in older single adults living alone.

2)      Attendees will learn about best practices for guiding communities through a community discussion about housing goals and implementation of zoning regulations to meet those goals (especially to expand the types of housing allowed in a community).

3)      Attendees will learn about the specific housing and community needs and preferences of different generational cohorts and the expected impacts of shifting preferences on the market for existing housing.

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Quincy Clayton

Quincy Clayton is a Realtor® with the Clayton Property Group. Quincy Clayton has been an active REALTOR® in southeastern Connecticut since 2001 and now serves as President of the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors. In addition to serving the National Association of REALTORS® as a voting delegate on their Board ... Read More

Mark Branse

Mark Branse is a Senior Partner with the law firm of Branse and Willis, LLC. Attorney Mark Branse is a former Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association's Planning and Zoning Section and acts as Special Counsel to numerous land use commissions across Connecticut, as well as representing developers and ... Read More

Joseph Duncan

Joseph Duncan is the Chair of the Town of Salem's (CT) Planning and Zoning Commission. Joe Duncan became Chairman of Salem’s Planning & Zoning Commission in 2016 after serving on the commission for several years. He and his wife Anne have lived in Salem since 1994 and operated the ... Read More

Karen Parolek

Karen Parolek is a Principal at Opticos Design. Karen Parolek helped launch the field of information architecture and she applies her expertise in communication, usability, and information advocacy to her work at Opticos. Well-recognized for her work, she has spearheaded cutting-edge initiatives to create smarter and more sustainable corporations, spoken ... Read More

Jennifer Molinsky

Jennifer Molinsky is a Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and Lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Jennifer Molinsky works on housing policy and planning issues including homeownership, housing for older adults, and ... Read More

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